Deepwater Terminal

From Global Energy Monitor

Deepwater Terminal is a coal export terminal at the Port of Houston in Pasadena, Texas, United States.

The terminal is owned by Kinder Morgan Energy Partners. The terminal also handles petcoke. It is served by Union Pacific and BNSF Railway.


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Kinder Morgan Energy Partners has proposed expanding its existing annual coal capacity at the terminal from 5.4 to 10 million short tons per year, which translates to an increase of approximately 4.9 to 9.1 million metric tonnes.[1] The expansion was completed in 2014.[2]


On July 17, 2012, coal mining company Peabody Energy announced that, under new agreements with Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, it would gain additional coal export capacity from Kinder Morgan's Deepwater Terminal and Houston Bulk Terminal in Texas. Peabody would also get increased access to the International Marine Terminal at Myrtle Grove, Lousiana. The planned expansions would more than double Peabody's export capacity along the Gulf Coast to between 4.5 million and 6.5 million short tons annually between 2014 and 2020, according to company officials.[3][4] Peabody has also secured a rail service agreement with Union Pacific to transport the company's Colorado coal to Kinder Morgan's Houston terminals.[5]

Construction on the expansion was reported as completed in 2014, bringing the terminal's capacity up to 10 million short tons (9.1 million metric tonnes) per year.[6]

Sightline Institute reports

An April 2012 report by the environmental think tank Sightline Institute, "The Facts about Kinder Morgan," , lists a series of legal violations and pollution incidents at various Kinder Morgan terminals. The report includes the following:[7]

  • "In Louisiana, Kinder Morgan’s coal export facilities are so dirty that satellite photos clearly show coal dust pollution spewing into the Mississippi River."
  • "In South Carolina, coal dust from Kinder Morgan’s terminal contaminates oysters, pilings, and boats. Locals have even caught the company on video washing coal directly into sensitive waterways."
  • "In Virginia, Kinder Morgan’s coal export terminal is an open sore on the neighborhood, coating nearby homes in dust so frequently that even the mayor is speaking out about the problem."
  • "In Portland, Kinder Morgan officials bribed a ship captain to illegally dump contaminated material at sea, and their operations have repeatedly polluted the Willamette River."
  • "Kinder Morgan has been fined by the US government for stealing coal from customer’s stockpiles, lying to air pollution regulators, illegally mixing hazardous waste into gasoline, and many other crimes."
  • "Kinder Morgan’s pipelines are plagued by leaks and explosions, including two large dangerous spills in residential neighborhoods in British Columbia."

Project Details

  • Operator: Kinder Morgan Energy Partners
  • Location: Pasadena, Texas
  • Capacity (Million metric tonnes per annum): 9.1
  • Status: Operating
  • Type: Exports

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  1. "Kinder Morgan Deepwater Terminal (Pasadena, TX): The Facts," Clean Gulf Commerce Coalition, accessed May 2015, Archived Jan. 11, 2016
  2. Sylvie Cornot-Gandolphe “US Coal Exports: The Long Road to Asian Markets,” Oxford OIES PAPER: CL 2, March 2015
  3. Daniel Cusick,"Peabody to boost exports from Gulf Coast as Pacific Northwest terminal plans stall," ClimateWire, July 18, 2012.
  4. "Peabody Energy, Kinder Morgan sign coal export deal" Reuters, July 17, 2012.
  5. Sylvie Cornot-Gandolphe “US Coal Exports: The Long Road to Asian Markets,” Oxford OIES PAPER: CL 2, March 2015
  6. "Form 10K," Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, Dec 31, 2014
  7. Eric de Place, "The Facts about Kinder Morgan," Sightline Institute, April 2012

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